Abraham Lincoln Assasination - Notes

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Abraham Lincoln

2. Assassination:
When: 14th of April 1865, 10:15 pm Eastern Standard time.

Where: Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C, sitting in the presidential box.

How: Shot by John Wilkes Booth. (Philadelphia Derringer pistol used)

Who: John Wilkes Booth. He had two co-conspirators, Lewis Powell and David Herold.

Why: John, the assassin, was a southern sympathizer, who wanted Abraham and two others dead, in order to inspire his country to win the war. John was mad at Abraham because of his anti-slavery laws. John was a supporter of slavery, apparently.

Other facts: Did you know that Abraham ‘sort of’ predicted his coming assassination through a dream he had, just 3 days before the assassination.

On March 1864, thee group of assassins originally planned to kidnap the President.

The assassins also targeted two other people, Andrew Johnson and William Seward. They both escaped with their lives. Andrew was unharmed, but William was heavily wounded.

Upon Abraham’s death, Andrew Johnson became the president. He was, however, the least popular president of American History.

Impacts:
Short Term: His assassination had a long lasting impact on the Americans. This has lead citizens to attack the cities that supported John Wilkes Booth, the assassin.

On Easter Sunday, Abraham was buried, millions of citizens attended the funeral at Washington D.C. on the 19th of April 1865. His funeral train was constantly surrounded by the millions of people who wept for him, who looked up to him.

Long Term:
Abraham’s death has impacted on many citizens for years, not the southern countries though, as they still opposed him. Many people were devastated, as many looked up to him, especially people seeking freedom and rights.

His death has also caused the long-term failure to reconstruction of the government. The preceding president, Andrew, had trouble even to begin the reconstruction.

3. Legacy:
Before: Abraham Lincoln was...
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